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Old 03-07-2011, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Boynton Beach / Great Neck NY
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My job in NYC starts on 9/1, so I was wondering if I came to the city on 8/1 to 8/5 if that would give me enough time to find and secure an apartment. I would need an apartment that I could occupy immediately.

From what I read on the forum, this process goes very quickly. You see a few apartments, you find one you like, you put your deposit down that same day, apply, and in a day or two you have an apartment. I have great credit, a job lined up, and cash in the bank; so I'm hoping that the approval process isn't a problem. I've been researching the process and I have all my paperwork in order.

Alternatively, I could try to make a trip up in mid-July and look for apartments with a 8/1 move in date. This would be more problematic with my schedule, but I could make this happen if waiting until 8/1 is a bad idea.

I just want to make my airline tickets, hotel reservations, family considerations, etc. My new job wants to "see" me for paperwork and stuff, so it would be good if I could tell them when I'll be on my apartment hunting trip.

I'm thinking if I wait until 8/1 and if the search doesn't work out, I'm screwed.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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What is your budget? Where are you looking to rent? The higher end, the easier it will be.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Boynton Beach / Great Neck NY
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What is your budget? Where are you looking to rent? The higher end, the easier it will be.
My budget is $3,000 to $3,200 and I'm looking for a flex-2 on the UES or midtown east.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:16 PM
 
Location: East Village
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You're in good shape and you've got a good plan. Coming to the city at the beginning of August to look will give you the best range of apartments for your Sept. 1 move-in date.

I looked at my current apartment on a Wednesday afternoon, paid a deposit to hold it, and had the keys in my hand on Friday. It really does go very quickly when you have good credit, finances, and all your paperwork available right away.

Good luck!
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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You can also scope out management companies from your current location, so that you would have a backup should you not find something with a broker. You may also find something you like, since you should not have a problem with management companies as your finances are in order -- the question would be whether or not they had an apartment available, since that could change on a daily basis. However, on-site managers may know in advance what will be available in their buildings for your move date.
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:44 AM
 
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You really can't come any earlier than 8/1 anyway. A lot of landlords want the apartments off the market and rented right away when they become available. I came to look for a place on October 30th for a November 12th move in and the apartment I actually rented made me sign a lease starting on November 10th because they wouldn't wait that long! I was only here for 3 days looking so you should be fine.

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Old 03-08-2011, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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My job in NYC starts on 9/1, so I was wondering if I came to the city on 8/1 to 8/5 if that would give me enough time to find and secure an apartment. I would need an apartment that I could occupy immediately.
That should give you enough time, but the truth is, it's completely impossible to say. Everything depends on where you want to live, how much you can spend, and most of all, what happens to be available at the time you're looking.
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